June 8, 2009
BALTIMORE - Loyola College will play a challenging 2009 volleyball schedule, including a September date against defending national champions Penn State, Head Coach Scott Pennewill announced today.
"We are increasing the competitiveness of our non-conference schedule to prepare for MAAC play in hopes of being more prepared to win some of the close matches," Pennewill said. "This is evident of two top-25 teams and the number one team in the country on the schedule. It is a very aggressive schedule to be sure."
The Greyhounds open their slate of matches on Friday, August 28 when they take part in the Duquesne/Robert Morris Invitational for the second year in a row. Loyola will face both host schools, Bowling Green and Radford in the two-day tournament.
Loyola will then take part in the Battle of Baltimore during the first part of Labor Day weekend, Friday and Saturday, September 4-5. Loyola will play Morgan State and Towson on Friday at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, and then take on Navy and Maryland at Towson on Saturday.
A mid-week game at Howard on September 9 precedes the final regular-season tournament of the year for Loyola.
The Greyhound travel to Durham, N.C., for a trio of games at the Duke Invitational, September 11-12. In addition to facing the host Blue Devils, who advanced to the second round of last year's NCAA Championships, Loyola will play the defending titlist Nittany Lions and College of Charleston.
Loyola plays its first home match of the season on Wednesday, September 16, at 7 p.m. versus Coppin State before entering Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference action September 19-20 at Siena and Marist.
American comes to Reitz Arena for a September 22 game, and Loyola plays at Rider on September 26 before hosting Iona on the 27th.
George Washington is the final non-conference opponent on Loyola's schedule. The Colonials visit the Evergreen campus on September 30 at 7 p.m.
Following that match, the month of October and half of November is consumed by MAAC play each weekend, culminating with a Sunday, November 15 game against Saint Peter's when Loyola will celebrate Senior Day.
The top four teams in MAAC action during the regular-season will qualify for the MAAC Championships, held November 21-23 at Canisius in Buffalo.